It was all glitz and glamour as friends and families join Signature Communications limited Abuja, producers of Corruption Tori, to celebrate its end of the year party, as well as two of their staff born in the month of December.
The staff who were celebrated on Thursday for their hard work and display of professionalism to the organization were cinematographer Idris Adekunle and a cameraman, Usman Nasiru.
While addressing the celebrators, Chief Executive Officer of Signature TV, VinMartin Obiora Ilo, described the celebration as worthwhile, appreciating all the staff for their wonderful contribution and displaying exceptional team spirit and enthusiasm.
Ilo describes 2021 as a year that comes with different challenges in the organization, thanking the staff and urging everyone to add more effort in 2022, wishing the entire staff Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.
The Chief of Operating Officer, Nwabueze Njoku, in his key note address, praised Idris Adekunle for his hard work and professionalism, saying he has contributed more to the achievement of the organization, advising his colleagues to emulate him.
Njoku, describes Ahmadu Bello University, graduate, Nasiru Usman as a young and open-minded person who is ready to learn, urging him to focus and pay more attention to the profession of journalism.
President Buhari Orders Payment Of Health Workers’ Salaries
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, to release the salaries of doctors and other health workers that were seized during the enforcement of no-work-no-pay rule.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, disclosed this to journalist after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja on Thursday.
He said the President had approved the authority letter to release the funds of the Resident Doctors for September and October 2021.
The Minister said the approval covers members of the Joint Health Services Union (JOHESU) who went on strike in 2018.
He said the approval for the releases of their salaries was on compassionate grounds and to encourage them to do well especially as the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging.
Ngige revealed that the President has also directed relevant agencies to conclude the discussions on the other allowances for the health workers, noting that efforts must be made to ensure industrial harmony in the country to allow all sectors to operate well.
Progressive Governors Forum hail Buhari @79, express confidence in regime
The Progressive Governors Forum has joined the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and his family to celebrate his 79th birthday.
This was according to a statement signed on Friday by the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu.
According to Bagudu, the forum commended the leadership, vision and commitment to a united prosperous Nigeria by the president.
He expressed confidence in his leadership as it would continue to triumph over Nigeria’s challenges, while progressing to a stronger, prosperous and more peaceful nation.
The forum reaffirm their commitment to work under his leadership with the abiding faith that the initiatives of APC Federal Government would meet all the expectations of Nigerians.
36 Govs to review proposed privatisation of 10 generating plants
The 36 Nigerian governors are to review the proposed privatization of the 10 generating plants across the country under the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPPs), by the Federal Government.
The governors under the aegis of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) disclosed this in a communique issued in Abuja on Thursday.
The governors made the resolution after receiving a detailed presentation by the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Alex Okoh.
The governors resolved to review and communicate their assessment and position on the privatization of what they consider critical national assets, through their board representatives.
The forum stated that States currently own a total of 53 per cent equity in NIPPs while the Federal Government owns a 47 per cent stake, adding that it resolved to set up a committee to scrutinise the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSRA) Bill 2021, which has passed its second reading at the Senate.
South Korea to gift Nigeria $12.4 million solar mini-grids
The South Korean government has pledged to donate $12.4 million for the construction of solar mini-grids in Nigeria.
Kim Young Choe, ambassador of South Korea to Nigeria, said this at an interactive session with the senate committee on power, on Thursday in Abuja.
The ambassador explained that the nuclear energy options currently used in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were based on South Korea’s model and powered by South Korean companies.
He said that Nigeria should also benefit from the same technology, even as he confirmed that all the four mini-grids would be sited in Abuja with the construction and maintenance of the project to be handled by South Korean contractors.
In his presentation, Salihijo Ahmad, chief executive officer of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), supported the senate committee’s suggestion that the grids should be spread across the country, and expressed concerns on the sustainability of the project and the possibility of having Nigerian companies work on it.
ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
Funeral held for Israeli killed in West Bank gun attack
Hundreds of mourners on Friday attended the funeral procession of an Israeli man who was shot dead during an attack near a Jewish settlement outpost in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
According to Israeli military spokesman, 25 years Yehuda Dimentman, was killed on Thursday by Palestinian gunmen who ambushed his car as it left a religious seminary near the road between Jenin and Nablus, adding that two other Israelis were wounded in the attack
Dimentman was a student at the seminary in Homesh, a settlement which was established without government permission and whose residents were evacuated in 2005.
Tonto Dikeh Drags Janemena Yet Again, Hints At Aborted Pregnancy For Kpokpogri
Nigerian actress, Tonto Dikeh, continues to drag Instagram dancer, Jane mena, over claims of being scared to append legal documents.
Janemena, had taken to her Instastory to subtly shade the actress of her timidness to go through with legal documents for over two months.
After blasting the dancer for crossing the line, Tonto Dikeh in a new post expressed how livid the false claim made her, accusing her of aborting a baby for her former partner, Prince Kpokpogri.
2021 AFCON: Super Eagles Camp To Open In Uyo December 28
The Super Eagles will begin preparations for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Uyo on December 28, 2021.
According to reports, the team will train in the Akwa Ibom state’s capital before moving to Garoua, Cameroon for their group games.
There are also plans for the Super Eagles to play at least three warm-up games before the start of the competition.
The Super Eagles have been drawn in Group D of the competition alongside Egypt, Sudan, and Guniea-Bissau.
The three-time champions will open their campaign against the Pharaohs of Egypt at the Roumde Adija Stadium, on Monday, January 11, 2022.